COLLEGE BASEBALL

L.C.'s Alec Olund keeps Tri-Town pipeline to West Lafayette flowing

2013-08-03T17:00:00Z 2013-08-03T23:26:04Z L.C.'s Alec Olund keeps Tri-Town pipeline to West Lafayette flowingHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

When Lake Central's Alec Olund first visited Purdue University, he walked into the weight room and saw former football teammate David Yancey.

When he visited the second time, he walked out and saw former Indians wrestler Kyle Ayersman.

That's when he knew he was home.

On Saturday, Olund committed to the Boilermakers baseball team beginning in the fall of 2014. Olund begins his senior football season with the Indians on Monday.

"It was a tough decision for me," Olund said, "I was in contact with 40 or 41 different Division I baseball programs. I've grown up a Purdue fan and especially now with a bunch of my friends there, Yancey and Ryan Burvan, that really factored a lot into my decision."

Olund is the second Indians player in three months to commit to the Boilermakers. Burvan, an infielder who graduated in June, will join the team this fall.

Olund was a Times all-area second-team outfielder as a junior, hitting .396 with 10 stolen bases and led his team with 41 RBIs.

"I always describe Alec as one of our better hitters," Lake Central coach Jeff Sandor said. "He's going to be a three-year starter, a guy that started the first game his sophomore year and the last game his senior year. There aren't a lot of those in our program."

Olund, who was a sophomore outfielder when the senior-laden Indians won the 2012 Class 5A state title, said that committing before football two-a-day practices begin on Monday was important to him and his family.

"My dad and I always discussed that I wanted to commit before football, at the latest the weekend before," Olund said. "I want to focus on football and if I wasn't committed, I wouldn't play, I'd just focus on my studies."

Olund plans to major in meteorology while in West Lafayette.

He said that he'd narrowed his choices to six: Purdue, Indiana, Ball State, Middle Tennessee State, Wichita State and Xavier.

The long-time Boilermakers fan said that he was honored to be recruited by both Big Ten schools in the state.

"When I sat down with Coach (Doug) Schreiber at Purdue, there's a picture in his office of the fight last year between Purdue and IU, remember that?" Olund said. "My dad and I talked about it later, that when that fight broke out, he said he was rooting for Purdue. I was, too."

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